Shop with a Hero will be making Christmas wishes come true in Monroe this week

Those involved with the Shop with a Hero Program in Monroe say it is needed more than ever this year. Loganville had its program last Saturday and the Monroe Shop with a Hero Program will be doing it in Monroe this week. With the larger need, the event has been split into two nights, Wednesday and Thursday.

“We feel that this year our Shop With A Hero is needed more than ever. We have Fire Fighters, Air-vac helicopter pilot and EMT attendants (they land the helicopter in the Walmart parking lot) , Sheriff’s deputy, Piedmont Dr. and nurses, local EMT’s, State Patrol and volunteers’ to come and shop with the children (the kids get to pick who they want to shop with),” said Janice Baldwin who has been involved with the program for 21 years. “We are getting names from FISH, the SRO Officers and school counselors for 170 children to each have $150.00 to shop.”

“We are shopping at the Monroe Walmart on Wednesday Dec 16 and Thursday Dec 17 from 5-8 (Maybe a little later).  We need volunteers to go with the child and the Heroes they pick to walk through the store and help them pick out toys and clothes or whatever they need or want.  Some are overwhelmed and have never been able to buy whatever their little hearts desired like this. We will have a sheet that the item needs to be written on and the amount and ask the volunteer to make sure they stay right at the $150.00. We do have to pay tax on this too,” Baldwin said. “We need volunteers to help check the kids in when they arrive too and also when they check out. We will have a Santa there if the kids want a Picture with him (Social Distanced) and in the OLD optical center that is now closed off.”

If you can help or are in a position to help sponsor this event or a child, email Janice Baldwin at janicebaldwinkw@gmail.com.

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